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Capacity I was formating my Hard drive and i had it in single partition... Now when it was finish i found out that it was half of the full disk capacity which is 80gb. Can anyone reverse this because i tried formatting it and keep on giving me the same 31.42gb capacity.

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  • donnie_rife2 Oct 28, 2008

    i have a seagate 250 gb hard drive and can't get the full capacity,only 127 gb,no help when i used disc wizard or partion magic

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Pre 1999 machine with Award BIOS? If so, this is because when they designed your computer, they didn't imagine 80 GB drives were a realistic prospect. Suggest you download DiskWizard from Seagate's website and use that instead of Windows to format the disk. Hopefully this will be enough to let you see the full capacity of the disk. A.

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